On This Day – Danny Wallace and Peter Beardsley Make England Debuts

29-1-1986: On this day in 1986 Danny Wallace and Peter Beardsley make their England debuts in a 4-0 win against Egypt in Cairo.

For Southampton striker Wallace this was to be his only England cap. Wallace scored the third England goal in the 52nd minute. Trevor Steven and an own goal by Omar had given England a 2-0 lead at half-time. The final goal was scored by Gordon Cowans. Wallace teamed up with his two brothers Rod and Ray in a Southampton team that also included Alan Shearer and Matthew Le Tissier. This was the first time three brothers had played in the same team in the First Division since 1920. Wallace moved to Manchester United for £1.2m in 1989.

Trevor Steven’s opening goal was England’s 1500th goal.

The referee was Antonis Vassaras from Greece. In 2001 his son Kyros refereed the England versus Spain friendly at Villa Park.

While Wallace only made on England appearance, Peter Beardsley, who also made his debut as a second half substitute won 59 caps over the next 10 years.

The England line-up in Cairo was: Shilton, Stevens, Sansom, Wilkins, Fenwick, Wright, Steven, Cowans, Hateley,  Lineker and Wallace. Beardsley, Ricky Hill and Chris Woods were second-half substitutes.

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